ELO Online: 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections: Who is In Position To Host?
We hit Conference Championship week for most of the conferences Eric Lopez breaks down the conferences tournaments and the latest outlook of the NCAA Tournament. Who Is In Position to host a Regional. Lopez breaks that down on this edition of the “On the Road to Oklahoma City.”
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ACC (6): Florida State (8), North Carolina (34), North Carolina State (31), Notre Dame (19), Virginia Tech (38), Louisville (41)
American : UCF (17)
Big East: DePaul
Big Ten (4): Michigan(5), Minnesota (17), Northwestern(35), Nebraska (42)
Pac-12 (7): Arizona (16), Arizona State (25), Oregon(3), UCLA(7), Washington (27), Utah (26), California (18)
SEC (11): Alabama (6), Auburn(3), Florida(1), Georgia (14), Kentucky (23), LSU(2), Mississippi State (32), Missouri (9), Tennessee(11), Texas A&M (21), South Carolina (30)
America East: Stony Brook
A-Sun: USC Upstate (40)
Big Sky: Idaho State
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big West: Cal State Northridge (47)
CAA (2): James Madison (12), Hofstra (22)
C-USA(3): UAB (48), Western Kentucky (33), FAU (37)
MAC: Kent State (51)
MWC (2): San Diego State (39), Fresno State (46)
OVC: SIUE (50)
Southern: Chattanooga (45)
Southland: Northwestern State
Summit: North Dakota State (36)
Sun Belt(2): Louisiana-Lafayette (10), South Alabama (29)
SWAC: Texas Southern
WAC: New Mexico State (44)
WCC: BYU (54)
Last 4 Teams In : UAB (48), Fresno State (46), Virginia Tech (38), Louisville (41)
First 4 Teams Out : Marshall (49), Oregon State (52), Georgia State (43), USF (55)
Top 16 National Seeds and Host projections
7- Florida State
15- James Madison
Teams That are Great Position or Locks to Host Regionals :
Florida, LSU, Michigan, Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, UCLA, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma
Teams in the Mix to Host :
Tennessee, Minnesota, Missouri, UCF, Notre Dame, Georgia, James Madison, Arizona.
12 of 16 Host sites looks to be locks with following teams below fighting for the other 4 host spots.
UCF and James Madison winning Conference Tournament would put pressure on committee to put them into hosting considering both have been consistent all year long and would have won both Regular season and Conference Tournament which would be only teams that can make that argument among the teams below.
Minnesota needs to avoid a loss to someone other then Michigan prior to the Big 10 Final to secure a host spot.
Georgia could use a deep run into SEC Tournament to secure a host.
Arizona may need a win or two at home against Oregon this weekend to secure a top 16 seed.
Notre Dame may need to reach ACC Championship game to sneak into Hosting.
In Episode 5, Part 2 of “On The Road to Oklahoma City.” Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson breaks down NCAA Division 2 Softball Tournament Field.